The guys from Radical Ducati have developed one of the most impressive bikes ever. It’s called the RAD 02 Corsa Evo and is a higher performance, track going version of the RAD 02 Corsa. The "02" moniker refers to the fact that the bike can be used both as a race or trackday bike.
The RAD 02 Corsa Evo eliminates the seat and the rear body found in the original motorcycle, and gets a unique composite part in their place. Radical has also changed the "old" rear subframe for one that is lighter and smaller. The bike also gets a custom 4.2 kg aluminum frame, subframe, and swingarm, as well as a lighter rear subframe and a redesigned front fairing.
The only thing the model has in common with the previous Corsa is the fuel tank which Radical Ducati says was too perfect to change. The RAD 02 is powered by an ST3 engine - the same three-valve desmo found in the sport touring model, but specifications have yet to be revealed.
It is hard to believe that someone can take the Ducati Desmosedici RR and make it better, but it happened. This is the NCR Milona 16, a lightened, upgraded and implicit faster Ducati Desmosedici RR. We wouldn’t have believed it if the thing wouldn’t have recently been unveiled at the World Ducati Week at Misano.
The Italian tuning specialist has fitted the 200bhp MotoGP replica with a multitude of carbon fiber main parts such as the all-new frame and swingarm, rims, fuel tank, half-fairing, rear subframe, tail unit and front mudguard. All these, together with the titanium and aircraft-grade aluminum, reduce the bike’s dry weight to 319lbs (an impressive 71lbs less than what Ducati achieved).
Using performance Ohlins suspension and Brembo brakes, NCR’s M16 turns into a much sweeter ride. Although it doesn’t go significantly over 200bhp, which is the standard bike’s horsepower figure, the retuned engine is aimed at delivering a whole different rush across the powerband.
Claimed to be ‘world’s most exclusive motorcycle’, the NCR M16 will be built to order only and we don’t dare to think about the six-figure price.
This Ducati 1198S got in the hands of the guys at Red Fenix, who have made it worth 100,000 euros (US$144,000). It is now called the Ducati 1198RF and comes with a host of upgrades and modifications that only the most ostentatious or incredibly skilled of you out there could possibly demand for: 17-inch magnesium alloy wheels from Marvic, which are wrapped up in a pair of Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa tires, 47mm K-Service fork, slightly reduced wheelbase, repositioned Brembo front brake disc (for better cooling) and an engine retuned by the Milan-based Desmolupo.
In the end, you get pretty much a race bike that has an additional 10-11 horsepower, goes faster around bends and only requires one finger on the lever to stop from racing speeds. Is that worth the extra $122,205, given the fact that a factory-equipped 2009 Ducati 1198S starts at $21,795?
It’s funny how a good looking chick can attract you attention and you end up writing a post about the bike that she’s sitting on. That’s the case here and, yes, you can put that blame on me!
This is actually a 2003 Ducati 749 that ended up in the right hands in 2004. The owner, which ’…can never leave anything stock’, then started to lower, lengthen and garnish the bike, leaving us wondering if we’d choose between it and the “other” attraction point in the pictures.
But let’s check out some details here. First of all, there’s the stretched swingarm, custom-built exhaust and the spoked wheels. These are features that we simply can’t get over, so we’ll leave the owner do the talking from here: ‘I wanted to go for an old school look, so we sprayed it hot rod black with solid red flake scallops, equipped with red and white pin stripes all around. I also designed a nice air ride kit for it, along with some carbon pieces and custom side-mount exhaust. For some this would be enough, but when things snowball around here, it never stops! I ended up making a one-off, 14 over aluminum tubular swingarm to house a custom fat spoked rim. We went with ‘Ride Wright Fat 50’ 18-inch wheels, with a 300 in the back, chrome spokes with black rims’.
By what we can see when we’re not looking at that hot chick (damn, these guys were inspired!) the riding position is similar to that of a drag bike, so let’s just hope that the adrenaline rush is similar too.
This mysterious looking motorcycle is the creation of German tuner Befaster and it not only attracts our attention with its unique look, but with an impressive power to weight ratio too: 1.88 horsepower for every kilo. This translates into a 170 hp engine, which, as the light weight, surely doesn’t come standard on the original Ducati bike.
The weight of the standard bike (186 kg) was reduced with 43 kg by installing a set of components made out of carbon fiber and titan instead of the original ones. Furthermore, the engine’s displacement was increased to 1.037 ccs, which explains the 170 hp.
Befaster actually plans to sell this motorcycle for €120.000. Is this hard to believe? Believe it!
Realizing that the $72,500 asking price for the Ducati Desmosedici RR excludes him from the start, a French Ducati fan took matters into his own hands and turned his Monster SR4 into what appears to be a bulkier Desmosedici RR, but without the astonishingly high retail price. The passionate builder also took its time and photographed the bike during the different stages of development and this is how we got the pleasure to share these with you.
Although technically it remains as the Monster’s L-Twin was preferred over a 200 bhp V4 Desmosedici RR engine, the fiberglass fairing and gas tank, the windscreen and headlights as well as the fake underseat exhaust are all testimony of passionate work and detailed craftsmanship.
I reckon that copying isn’t the solution and that he could have gone for something original, but otherwise the guy wouldn’t have ridden a DesmoMonster and, apparently, that’s what he wished the most.
Basic model: Ducati 900 Monstro
Modifications: Acerbis enduro headlight plate Lucas T-piece of fork. Christal Composite carbon front and rear mudguard Beringer Aéronal brake discs and F40 Brembo plates A.M.M Industrie chrome framework, platinum footrests, casings Not-Stop Designs painting Termignoni carbon silencer
Basic model: Ducati S4 R
Modifications: Complete framework painting Ohlins Fork Techtwin fork Brembo moulded radial clamp Sil Motor complete racing line Machesini forged aluminum rims Ergal Techtwin complete racing clutch MS Production carbon pieces Embroidered saddle
Basic model: Ducati 996 SPS Modifications:
Frame parts : ERGAL Footrests Rear absorber OHLINS RACING Ohlins steering dampers SHOWA front fork re-adjusted Front brake floatting disc , cast iron Rear caliper machined from solid Carbon airbox RACING (bigger capacity) Manchons CarboneCarbon airducts Clutch Cover Swing arm Guard superbike windscreen CF or Gfiber fairings Footrests machined from solid
Engine: Crankshaft fine (...)